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Dan fails country Victoria’s economic recovery

06 September 2020

Today’s announcement by Daniel Andrews says the trigger to move to the “Last Step” restrictions is no new COVID cases for 14 days across the whole of Victoria (including Metropolitan Melbourne). 31 country local government areas have not had a new case for at least two weeks, and three local...

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Daniel Andrews wreaks permanent damage on the Victorian economy

06 September 2020

Today’s announcement by Daniel Andrews of his “roadmap to recovery” is instead a chart to collapse. Instead of ways to get Victorians back to work, the Premier has outlined no real changes to the near-total shutdown of the economy until at least late October. Major business groups have slammed the...

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Liberal Nationals call on Andrews Government to suspend vacant land tax

26 August 2020

The Liberal Nationals are calling on the Andrews Labor Government to suspend the Vacant Residential Land Tax for 2020. The tax, imposed on properties in inner and middle Melbourne that are vacant for six months in any calendar year, was introduced by the Andrews Labor Government in 2017. This affects...

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More job pain for Victoria as second wave hits

25 August 2020

Payroll jobs data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today has painted a grim picture for Victorian businesses following the hit to the economy caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program.   The number of payroll jobs in Victoria has fallen 7.8 per cent since the pandemic began...

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Job vacancies plummet in Victoria due to the second wave

20 August 2020

The latest labour market numbers show that Victoria was the only state to suffer a fall in total job advertisements in July, as the second wave of COVID-19 hit the state.  According to the National Skills Commission, while every other state had an increase in job advertisements in July, Victoria’s fell by...

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The Victorian economy hit hard by the second wave

18 August 2020

Every day new economic data is released showing that the Victorian economy has been hit the hardest by the harsh lockdowns put on Victorians caused by the bungled hotel quarantine debacle. Today Sensis business confidence figures show that Melbourne small and medium businesses are worried about the future, with 38...

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Victoria worst hit by job losses

13 August 2020

July employment figures released by the ABS today have confirmed that since the start of the COVID pandemic, Victoria has now lost more jobs than any other state. The figures show that since March, over 145,000 Victorians have lost their jobs, compared to New South Wales where less than 132,000...

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Labor confirms $7.5b budget deficit for 2019/20

23 July 2020

Tim Pallas this morning confirmed that the State Budget will be $7.5 billion in deficit for the financial year 2019-20. This comes just one week after ABS figures revealed 169,000 Victorians had lost their jobs since March. Figures released by the Department of Treasury and Finance earlier this year confirmed...

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Unemployment rises to 22-year high

16 July 2020

There has been a third consecutive rise in unemployment in Victoria, according to today’s unemployment figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The unemployment figure for June in Victoria was 7.5 per cent, up from 6.9 per cent in May and 5.2 per cent in March, when COVID-19...

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Labor sells small business short as restrictions hit hard

14 July 2020

The latest offering of support from the Andrews Labor Government falls woefully short of what Victorian small businesses need to get them through the second round of lockdowns. A $5,000 grant won’t go far enough to ensure owners can survive six weeks of reimposed Stage 3 restrictions. And many small...

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